The financial markets advanced during the third quarter amidst continued anxiety surrounding trade deals and interest rates. The S&P 500 Total Return Index (“Index”) returned 1.7% during the third quarter. The Index is up 20.6% on a year-to-date basis through Sept. 30, 2019.
Within Talbot Financial clients’ portfolios, Technology and Consumer Discretionary were the best performing industry sectors for the third quarter and the year-to-date periods. Both sectors continue to meet our disciplined criterion of balance sheet strength, return of cash flow and long-term secular growth.